Thursday, June 28, 2012

Business-friendly Ohio EPA chief admits states' attention to climate change was a factor in his dirty-air rebellion

As noted earlier http://blogforcleanair.blogspot.com/2012/05/coal-lobby-and-its-ties-to-coal-state.html Scott Nally, head of the Ohio state EPA (whose very name he tried and failed to change)is leading a rebellion of mainly coal states against the NACAA association (www.4cleanair.org ) that has long and successfully represented state and local air agencies in DC.

We wondered -- given Nally's ties to big coal polluters -- if NACAA's involvement in the climate change isssue was a factor in this dirty-air rebellion. Now there is evidence this is the case.

In a recent report in Congressional Quarterly (excerpted below), Nally cites the climate change issue as a prime reason he is leading this rebellion.

Well, a federal appeals court verified this week that climate change was indeed covered by the Clean Air Act. It eviscerated the arguments of the coal polluters. Does that mean Nally will back down -- or continue doing the bidding of big coal players such as American Electric Power?

** [from Congressional Quarterly]

A Huff Over Clean Air Split By Shawn Zeller», CQ Staff

The National Association of Clean Air Agencies, a trade group for state and local air quality agencies, faces an internal revolt over its Washington lobbying on environmental matters. Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Scott Nally says he plans to launch a group by this fall that will eschew lobbying to focus only on giving technical assistance to state and local agencies on how to comply with EPA rules.

Nally, whose state relies more than any other on coal-fired power plants, objects to lobbying stands that the clean air association has taken. For example, he points out its support for 2009 legislation that would have created a cap-and-trade program to combat climate change, and he says it’s not right for the group to take positions on which many of its members disagree...

Environmental groups, though, criticize Nally. “This reflects the broader national pattern of things breaking down on partisan lines,” says Frank O’Donnell, president of the environmental advocacy group Clean Air Watch. The association, he says, “is working to make something happen on climate change. In certain quarters, that’s considered heresy.”

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